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Waste education publications & other support

Waste Watch publications

As well as this website, Waste Watch produces a range of publications about waste education for use with both primary and secondary age pupils. These include:

The Dustbin Pack

A pack for teachers working with children aged 7-11 years. Waste and recycling are examined in detail with teachers' notes, children's work cards, and posters on metals, glass, paper and plastics.

Click here for further details or alternatively view this publication online as a webpage or PDF file

Wise up to Waste

A cross-curricular resource for 15-18 year old secondary students which seeks to raise some of the issues which will need to be addressed if future generations are to live in an environmentally sustainable manner. The pack uses a variety of learning experiences and contexts to ensure that environmental issues permeate the whole curriculum.

Click here for further details.

Work at Waste at School

Work at Waste at School shows how your school can implement practical ideas to tackle waste which will both help the environment and save money. It includes case studies from schools across the UK, a background to the national waste problem and contacts for further advice and information.

Although Work at Waste at School is now out of print, you can download it free of charge from Waste Watch's Waste Online website.

Simply click here to view Work at Waste at School as a webpage or as a PDF file

Other useful publications

As well as the Waste Watch education materials described on this site, there are a whole host of other publications for schools on the subject of waste and its management.

Yellow Woods Challenge - Teacher's Toolkit

Yellow Woods Challenge is a schools' recycling campaign run by Yellow Pages, the Directory Recycling Scheme and the Woodland Trust in association with local authorities and environmental organisations. The campaign aims to:

  • Recycle Yellow Pages directories and reduce demands on landfill.
  • Educate school children about the importance of recycling and conservation.
  • Support the Woodland Trust in helping keep woodland alive.

To be in with a chance of winning cash prizes up to £2,000 for recycling old Yellow Pages directories, schools need to be registered with a participating local authority.

However, the curriculum linked educational materials are suitable for all schools to use and are free to download from the Yellow Woods Challenge website.

Further information can be obtained by emailing yellow.woods@yellgroup.com.

Wicked Waste

A CD ROM and education pack from the BBC and The Open University which helps to teach Literacy and Numeracy to 9 and 10 year olds through an exploration of waste and recycling. Its 20 minute modules can be used flexibly and cover 5 different waste materials - paper, glass, metals, organics and plastics.

Complements both Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum and Attainment Levels D & E in the Scottish Curriculum. Cost £19.99

For further details, visit www.wickedwaste.co.uk

The Green Office Manual - A Guide to Responsible Practice

Improve the environmental performance of your school using this definitive publication on improving environmental performance in the workplace.

Earthscan Publications Ltd, 120, Pentonville Road, London N1 9JN

Credit card hotline: 01903 828 800 Fax: 020 7278 1142

Details of other waste education materials can be found on the Waste Online website.

Other forms of support

As well as the publications and websites listed on this site, there are a number of other sources of support for schools wanting to work on waste. Some of these extend nationally whilst others are more restricted in their geographical extent.



Recycler the rapping robot is a free educational show for primary schools. Run by Waste Watch and supported by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) as part of the Recycle Now campaign, Recycler raps, dances and sings out the 3Rs message of reduce, reuse and recycle. The interactive assembly has been seen by over 1 million children across the UK

For more information about Recycler, visit the Recycle Now website www.recyclenow.com/fun_stuff/recycler/index.html

Waste Education Support Programme (WESP)

WESP is a comprehensive programme developed by Waste Watch in order to help other organisations deliver high quality waste education in both primary and secondary schools.

WESP allows these organisations to access Waste Watch resources and expertise developed through its Cycler and Schools Waste Action Club projects and provides a combination of waste education training, resources and support to any organisation wanting to deliver quality waste education.

WESP is of most benefit to local authorities, community groups and groups of schools rather than to individual schools themselves.

For more information on WESP, click here.

Waste Watch Wasteline

For all recycling enquiries ring the Waste Watch Wasteline on 0870 243 0136.


The help available at a more local level varies from area to area. Try the following:

  • Waste management section of your local council, in particular your local Recycling Officer
  • Local waste contractor. Many councils now outsource their waste disposal to these and they can provide useful information on what happens to waste produced by you and others in your area.
  • Local Agenda 21 officer, probably based in your local council
  • Environmental organisations e.g. Groundwork and Wildlife Trusts

Last but definitely not least, if your school is in North Yorkshire, Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, Rotherham, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Essex or Bexley, don't fail to make use of your local Schools Waste Action Club (SWAC).

SWAC is a complete package of support, educational resources and recycling infrastructure for primary, secondary and special needs schools, which encourages and supports these in reducing, reusing and recycling waste. It relates directly to the National Curriculum, as well as to Education for Sustainable Development, Citizenship and Healthy Schools.

To find out more about SWAC, click here.

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